National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Wallops Flight Facility

Helheim-Kangerdlussuaq

The OIB team successfully completed the (modified for Thule basing)  medium-priority land ice mission Helheim-Kangerdlussuaq mission today.  The Gulfstream-V speed and range made it possible to cover several missions normally based from Kanger to Thule which permitted additional science options when the deployment planning and base of operations sifted to Thule due to aircraft issues at campaign start. The weather brief  this morning showed Arctic Ocean and NE Greenland cloud cover, and the forecast of downslope winds keeping this Helheim-Kangerdlussuaq region clear contributed to its selection.

From Matt and the ATM team in Thule:

“We ended our Summer Greenland deployment on a high note by flying the Helheim-Kangerdlugssuaq mission in clear skies today.  The weather was almost perfect, except for a mass of clouds near the center of the ice sheet on the last line, which was expected from the imagery.  Again, all instruments worked well with no issues.

We will be packing up and departing Thule tomorrow morning to arrive back in Houston tomorrow afternoon.  Starting Monday, the teams will begin a quick deinstall of the science equipment from the aircraft and head back home.

Despite a slow start, this campaign turned out to be extremely successful with 10 science flights in 11 days–flying every possible fly day.  It was a pleasure to work with the GV crew, and we are looking forward to our next adventure down in Tasmania in a few weeks.

-Matt”

This was the final science mission of the OIB 2019 Greenland Summer campaign. The OIB teams packed the Gulfstream V and a cargo Gulfstream IV, and both aircraft will transit back to Houston TX tomorrow.

Today’s flight track, a long way south of Thule

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T6 Helheim (Matt/ATM, Preliminary Data plots- not for research purposes)

T6 Helheim (Matt/ATM, Preliminary Data plots- not for research purposes)

T6 Helheim (Matt/ATM, Preliminary Data plots- not for research purposes)

T6 Kangerdlugssuaq(Matt/ATM, Preliminary Data plots- not for research purposes)